Add ancestral family 500 years ago

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Hello all,

My name is David Westler and I have just joined in. I am of Jewish extraction and I for at least 5 generations originally from Romania. However I discovered documents attesting Westler family members dated from 1575 and on living in Wuerttemberg, Germany. The Westler historical documents continue to pile on in 1640, 1709, 1749,1784, all marking down that the family lived in Wuerttemberg region. Most documents were found in Evangelical church local archives.  However, some of the Westler family are found in Hungary, Poland, Ukraine and Romania in the XIX and the XX century as of Jewish origins. My recent documented ancestry is documented Moldova, Romania from XIX and on, definitely as Jews, since my GG Father was the Rabbi of Romanian Jewish community (Podul Iloae).1348-1349 The Black Plague (Europe), One third of the European population died from the Bubonic plague, though many Jews were among the dead, the local church leaders instigated mass kilings and forced conversions. 1391-1415 , between these years as many as 200,000 (half of the Jewish population in Spain) chose conversion becoming the New Christians or Conversos. However, many converted Jews preserved their Jewish faith in hiding, One of the possible explanation could be some of the Westlers have kept their Jewish faith throughout the years. I am researching my family historical roots. I will be glad to learn of similar projects from other wikitree members. David
in The Tree House by Galroy Westler G2G Crew (370 points)

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